Patterns of regulation

Christoph Knill and Duncan Liefferink

in Environmental Politics in the European Union

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075803
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701461 | DOI:
Patterns of regulation

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This chapter discusses the main characteristics of the European Union (EU) environmental policy and the key patterns of regulation. It presents the main principles of making environmental policy in the multi-level system of the EU, which include the principle of subsidiarity, the precautionary principle and the integration of environmental considerations into other policy fields. The chapter also offers simple taxonomy of environmental policy instruments applied by the EU and provides a brief overview of the range of environmental problems covered by the EU.

Keywords: environmental policy; European Union; patterns of regulation; principle of subsidiarity; precautionary principle; environmental problems

Chapter.  9844 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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